Pp. 640, 62 full page color plates after paintings by William T.Cooper. This is the completely revised and greatly expanded third edition. Australia is home to one-sixth of the world's species of parrots. Every part of the vast Australian continent is inhabited by parrots, from tropical forests of Queensland to the sandy deserts of the interior. Also, the Budgerigar (the budgie), the world's most popular cage bird, hails from Australia. This third edition is the first to introduce biochemical analyses for taxonomic identification; this edition also contains significant information on threatened species and on hybrids recorded in wild or in captivity.
12.1 x 8.7 x 1.9 inches
This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers--not only by species but also by their place on the bird's body.
The introductory chapters give a detailed overview of the feather--how feathers developed, the parts of a single feather, and the variety of types of feathers on a bird. In the feather identification section, more than 400 color photographs show feather samples from 379 bird species from all over North America. Along with the wing type of the species and a map showing its range, several types of feathers are included for each bird; each feather is labeled with its type and its size.